Evergreen Marine Corp. (EMC) entered into an agreement with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) last February to order eight 11,000 TEU containerships. Four ships will be owned by EMC’s subsidiary, Greencompass Marine S.A. and a further four by Evergreen Marine (Hong Kong) Ltd. Furthermore EMC entered into an agreement with Shoei Kisen Kaisha to charter twelve 11,000 TEU class containerships. The two subsidiaries of EMC will each charter six vessels. All twenty ships will be newbuildings and are due to be delivered from the third quarter of 2020 through to the last quarter of 2021.
Evergreen Marine Corp. emphasizes that the aim of this newbuilding program is to meet future market demand and to continue with its ongoing fleet renewal.
Dimensions and Key Benefits of the New Containerships
The ship dimensions are about 333.9 meters in length, 48.4 meters wide, able to carry 11,850 TEU with a deadweight of 127,000 metric tons at a scantling draft of 15.5 meters. The vessels are designed to sail at a service speed of 23 knots and can pass through the Panama Canal.
The ship’s length over all is shorter than those of ultra-large containerships currently plying the Asia – Europe trade, making it easier to manoeuver the ships during berthing or departure and bringing greater flexibility in fleet deployment.
In addition, the ships are specially designed to enable the loading of 40 foot containers on top of two 20 foot units; also known as “Russian stowage” or “mixed stowage”. Such arrangement can not only increase the vessel’s loading flexibility but also maximize cargo-carrying capability.
Evergreen Line’s current operating fleet incorporates around 200 containerships with a total capacity above 1.1 million TEU. To further enhance service quality and competitiveness, the carrier is continuing its fleet renewal program. With the delivery of these newbuildings, Evergreen will redeliver older tonnage upon expiry of their charter agreements. In this way, the efficiency of its operating fleet will be optimized and the competitiveness of its services enhanced.
In line with the stringent eco-friendly criteria that Evergreen has imposed on its own operation, the ships are equipped with various environmental protection devices, including a ballast water treatment system and alternative maritime power to fully comply with the regulations of international maritime agencies and authorities concerned.
With this fleet upgrade, Green Ibérica can offer to its clients in Portugal, a better service with direct routes between Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, which can represent a lower delivery time to that side of the planet. Besides that we also make a step toward our identity standards of being an Eco-friendly company.